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Sometimes a party calls for chips, dip and beer; but sometimes the occasion demands carefully arranged Bresaola and Pear Rolls alongside pitchers of Blood Orange Campari Soda. For the latter, this short collection of party foods (or "small bites") offers dozens of intriguing ideas. Sicilian Artichoke Bottoms with Provolone and Capers zing with the brightness of lemon and mint, while Crispy Chorizo Quesadillas with Guacamole are deliciously gooey, a perfect foil for cocktails. Although most of the recipes in this volume are glamorous, they are written carefully enough for even a novice party host to follow. For instance, the subtle Chocolate Frangelico Pudding with Hazelnuts is perfect for a Valentine's Day feast, and requires approximately ten minutes of foolproof work. Cardamom-Poached Apricots with Mascarpone and Pistachios demands just a bit more time, while lending a delicious Mideastern flair to a summer gathering. Best of all, the author knows that even hosts with the best intentions can run out of time before a party, so she offers a reassuring list of "buy and arrange ideas" such as Marinated Anchovies and Pan-Friend Padron Peppers. With so many appealing choices, each gorgeously photographed, this cookbook itself is an excuse to throw a party.
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About the Author

Jennifer Joyce has traveled the world in search of new ideas and recipes. For the last 10 years she has been teaching her simple-to-make dishes to Londoners and is the author of two books, The Well Dressed Salad and Diva Cooking: Unashamedly Glamorous Party Food .

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756613477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756613471
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Joyce, an American food writer, stylist and chef living long-term in London has written several successful cookbooks for the US and UK markets and is a regular contributor to Olive Magazine, BBC Good Food and the Sainsbury's magazine. She runs weekly cooking classes at London's Divertimenti, Leith's School of Food and Wine and has appeared in food TV shows in both the UK and the States. She is known for her fresh, healthy, and easy food with vibrancy and a certain joie de vivre.

blog: http://www.jenniferjoyce.co.uk/blog/
website: http://www.jenniferjoyce.co.uk/

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By lynz-h on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been daunted by throwing parties for years, always embaressed to be whirling like a dirvish in my kitchen an hour after my intended start time, so caught up in food-making that I miss out on my own soiree.
BUT THIS BOOK ROCKS--
to me, the most invaluble part is the suggested menus for themed culinary soirees. The author breaks down what can be prepared days, hours, minutes in advance which meant that, despite having a full work week and only an hour to prepare, I was able to throw together an impressive spread. while the gorgeous photographs make the appetizers look daunting, everything I prepared was simple enough, especially since I was doing it over the course of a handful of days and had time to clean up. And it was so good!

my complaints: the authors don't always explain what's what so well. so, while I was intrigued by the carrot escuchebe suggested as part of a fiesta themed menu, I had no idea what it was to be served with. also, some of the ingredients are difficult to obtain, although reasonable substitutions are suggested.

it's a nice book to use as a launch pad--you can guess where your own cheats can be (a good store-bought salsa or guacamole, for instance). and it sure makes a pretty coffee table book.

I highly recommend this for anyone who aspires to take entertaining to another level, but isn't quite ready to take on Martha Stewart.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Oconnor on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book at a friend's home and the recipes and range of dishes got us to thinking. What a fun dinner party! We decided on ten items to make and bought all of the ingredients. We invited a group of friends over and we all were involved in making the dinner. We discovered that not only were the dishes delicious, but the recipes were easy to follow. I purchased the book from Amazon and have made many dishes since then. The portions are perfect for a single guy.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is a revolution going on. The formality of the dining room table is being exchanged for a more relaxed gathering around the coffee table as the new mode for entertaining. ~Jennifer Joyce

From the first page, Small Bites impresses with artistically designed culinary temptations. With minimal effort you can make soups, salads, skewers, wrapped Japanese style delicacies, sweets and even dishes of tempting vegetables.

These dishes are known as tapas, antipasti, mezze or finger food. They are perfect for a lifestyle that promotes social gatherings like book clubs or parties.

Unique selections: Fried Artichokes with Saffron Aioli, followed by an entire section on Latin Fiesta that includes classic recipes for a margarita. For the fried food recipes, you are sent to various pages of interest. Crispy Scallops can be dipped in Wasabi Mayonnaise and Ithaca Zucchini cakes are served with a dill yogurt sauce.

The soups are served in small cups or creative containers. The Red curry Pumpkin Soup is made with coconut milk, chicken stock and fresh pumpkin. Cilantro and shallots garnish the spicy garlicky soup.

The Dips chapter also contains a recipe for Mango crush and a complete menu that includes Lemongrass Beef Skewers and passion Fruit Trifle. Each chapter has a "quick" section with tips on fast foods you can make in a hurry. Roasted garlic with warm bread and Spicy peanut dip are easy to make and have just a few ingredients.

The Salads in this book look like they are straight out of a gourmet magazine. Watermelon and Feta cheese? There is a salty/sweet theme to some of the dishes.

If you love making skewers on your grill then the Citrus Swordfish Brochettes may entice you with the pomegranate dipping sauce.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Sant on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you want to make an impression, this is the only cookbook you'll need. Beautiful photos, great descriptions, and everything tastes amazing. She even gives ideas for entire meal plans. Extremely popular way to eat right now but this book won't be tossed aside after the trend. The recipies are excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're entertaining, finger foods or appetizers are surely a part of the occasion, and many cookbooks are dedicated to their production - but SMALL BITES: tapas, sushi, mezze, antipasti and other finger foods takes a more international approach than most, incorporating the finger foods of other countries to provide a pleasing alternative to ordinary dishes. Try skewered meats and vegetables, a flashy Crab and Gruyere Nachos with Charred Tomato Salsa, a refreshing Mango Crush to go with spicy foods, and more. Bright color photos of finished finger foods accent the production and add appeal - and cooks will find the dishes easy to produce despite their flashy titles.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KLu2829 on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought me this book 2 years ago and since then I have made at least half the recipes and I have never been disappointed. It is great for dinner parties or for a light dinner. The avocado crostini and grilled halloumi/sourdough skewers are amazing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Dalby on December 12, 2007
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Very handsomely packaged book of appetizers! This is a great gift for someone who likes to cook and doesn't mind searching for hard-to-find ingredients. The recipes aren't terribly difficult, just different, so you want to make sure the person using this book won't mind some extra effort.
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